Today, HR GO is an £80m business made up of specialist companies dealing with many aspects of recruitment, an outcome that may have been hard to foresee on one fateful day back in 1957. Select one of the following categories to find out more about us.
The damaged train lines meant Betty couldn't get back to her job in Tooley Street anyway and so she found a temporary job in the Telegraph Paper Mills, Dartford. The firm needed more staff and Betty, working initially from her home, recruited nine people, charging 50p a day for each.
This early success fuelled Betty’s ambition as an entrepreneur and she founded Parkinson Staff Bureau, later known as PSB Recruitment. From those humble beginnings and its first office in Dartford our business has grown into a £90 million operation, now branded HR GO plc.
We have several specialist businesses, more than 30 offices and some 300 staff with circa 2,500 temps out in the field every week.
We are Kent’s largest and longest-established recruitment business.
Since 1957, our companies have placed thousands of permanent and contract workers, and we are proud of the fact that since the very first day, we have made it a priority to pay our temps on time, every week. Indeed, in that first year, Betty cancelled the family holiday to ensure she had enough money to pay her temps on time.
When turnover reached £9,000 in 1960 Betty was able to open her second PSB branch in Chatham in 1968.
Betty’s son Jack joined the business in 1977 and worked with his mother to grow the enterprise to the major plc it is today.
He pioneered joint ventures as a successful way of growing the business while leaving entrepreneurial managers with a stake in the operation. The first JV, Refrigeration Recruitment, was formed in 1977, capitalising on Jack’s refrigeration and air conditioning expertise.
Jack’s own dream was to create dozens of millionaires – and he succeeded.
Since the group’s inception, through its various ventures and enterprises, we have facilitated hundreds of millions of pounds being earned across the UK
By 1980, turnover had broken through the £1 million mark and eight years later the number of PSB branches had risen to 18.
In 1990, turnover had jumped to nearly £22 million, with six JVs by 1995, a figure that leapt to 36 by the turn of the Millennium when sales stood at £51 million.
Today, HR GO has specialist companies dealing with many aspects of recruitment and is continuing to open new offices and created new specialist brands across the country.
While some companies in the recruitment industry struggle with cash-flow issues, HR GO is proud of its reputation for reliability, high-level performance and a proven track record of delivering for clients and candidates.
Sadly, Betty is no longer with us,
but she was a director well into her eighties.
The family tradition continues with John Parkinson, Jack’s son and a skilled web-developer, becoming the newest member of the family working in the business.
All our branches and businesses are getting involved by raising money for local charities or just doing a good turn for their local community.
Any money raised locally will be matched by us and donated to RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute).